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Takeout Chicken Chow Mein

This easy chicken chow mein recipe is perfect for anyone who is craving Chinese food but wants to skip out on the heavy oils or less-than-fresh ingredients.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian, Asian American, Asian style
Keyword chicken chow mein, chicken chow mein recipe, How to make chicken chow mein like the takeaway
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 426kcal
Author April


  • 8 oz chow mein noodles Cooked according to package directions
  • 16 oz chicken breast
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil plus more as needed
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 7 oz bean sprouts drained
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper white or black pepper

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp better than bouillon
  • 2 tsp sugar


Marinate the Chicken

  • In a larger bowl or zip plastic bag, Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, pepper and cornstarch. Whisk well. Next add the chicken. Cover and marinate for about an hour.

To Make the Chow Mein Sauce

  • Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, Better than Bouillon Base, water, sesame oil and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to combine.  Set to the side.
  • Place a large wok or pan on the stove add the vegetable oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and spread them out evenly. Cook for about 3-4 minutes then flip and cook for about 2 minutes – until they are cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, adding vegetable oil as needed, add the minced garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper. Sauté for about 30 seconds and then add the carrots, and cabbage. Sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the bean sprouts and green onions to the pan and toss with the other vegetables.
  • Toss in the noodles and oyster sauce. Cook for a few more minutes so everything is hot and well-combined. Add more oyster straight from the bottle if you like it saucier and cook until the sauce is warmed throughout. Garnish with green onion and serve immediately!


Oyster sauce 
Oyster sauce is pretty salty, so the more you add, the saltier the dish will become.
I personally think this chicken chow mein doesn't need a lot of sauce but if you want more sauce, feel free to add more. Just remember things can get salty quickly. Try diluting the sauce with a bit of water before you add it to the noodles. 
Do I really need to marinate the chicken?
No you don't have to, but marinated chicken is more tender, juicy and flavorful. If you don't have the time you can skip it. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1763mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg